Samuel Gagnon

Partner
Key practice areas
Insurance and Reinsurance, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Product Liability and Consumer Protection, Professional Liability, Civil and Commercial Litigation
Québec Bar 2015

Samuel is a lawyer and a mediator. He supports professionals, businesses and insurance sector stakeholders in their civil and commercial litigation matters.

Creative, organized and efficient, he tailors his approach to clients’ needs. He is often called on in a wide range of complex and high-stake litigation cases. He handles a variety of matters involving manufacturers’ civil liability, sales law, professional liability, construction law, real estate law, insurance contract interpretation and compliance management. He also advises on risk management and dispute prevention issues.

Samuel is available, dedicated, and very active in the legal community. He is also involved in various sustainable mobility and access to justice initiatives.

His oral advocacy skills have been recognized on several occasions, including at the mooting competition organized by the Young Bar of Québec City, at which he won the “Rabat d’Or” prize for best pleader.

He practises law in French and English

  • Defended an engineering company against a $650,000 personal injury lawsuit.
  • Represented an insurance company in connection with a dispute over the scope of the “care, custody and control” exclusion.
  • Defended a supplier of concrete against lawsuits claiming a total of several million dollars brought by the owners of homes whose concrete foundations had been damaged.
  • Defended manufacturers of water heaters, valves and fittings against various product-liability lawsuits.
  • Represented a real estate broker in a lawsuit brought by the seller of an immovable in connection with a hypothec granted to the municipality of Québec City.
  • Represented plaintiff insurance companies in a lawsuit related to the Lac Mégantic train derailment and explosion.
  • Defended a company being sued in connection with a fire at a shopping centre.
  • Represented a home systems integrator in a lawsuit regarding performance defects in access control systems.
  • “Le Rabat d’Or” prize for Best Pleader awarded by the Young Bar of Québec City, 2017
  • Lieutenant-Governor award – Québec Bar, 2015
  • Honour Roll of Laval University’s Faculty of Law, 2014-2015
  • 2nd prize – Laval University’s Faculty of Law mooting competition, 2014
  • 3rd best pleader – Pierre-Basile-Mignault mooting competition, 2014
  • 3rd best tandem – Pierre-Basile-Mignault mooting competition, 2014
  • Academic achievement scholarships – Laval University’s Faculty of Law, 2012

Professional associations

  • The Advocates' Society, Member, since 2022
  • Young Bar of Québec City, Member, since 2015

Memberships

  • Vélo Assurance Québec (cycling club for property insurance professionals), Member, since 2018
  • Regroupement d'affaires à vélo (networking group for business people who cycle), Member, since 2015

Professional activities

  • Université Laval, Member of the Disciplinary Committee, since 2022
  • Québec Bar, Member of the Mediators’ Accreditation Committee, since 2021
  • Young Bar of Québec City, Member of the Public Affairs Committee, since 2019

Social involvement

  • Mois du vélo (a month-long celebration of cycling in Québec), Ambassador, 2015

Community involvement

  • Accès transports viables, Member of the Board of Directors, since 2021
  • Lawyers Without Borders Canada, Volunteer Legal Advisor in Haiti, 2018-2019
  • Le Rabat d’Or mooting competition, Master of Ceremonies, 2018
  • Juripop mooting competition, Judge, 2016-2018
  • Coopérative Roue-Libre:
    • Chair of the Board of Directors, 2019-2020
    • Member of the Board of Directors, 2015-2020
  • Co-speaker: "Les relations locataire-locateur : fardeaux et présomptions" [Tenant-landlord relations: burdens and presumptions], Québec City, 2023.
  • Speaker: “Risk management and best practices: the many challenges of running a summer camp”, Camp Nominingue, 2014-2016, and 2018.
  • Contributor: Conference presentation on notices in writing pursuant to standardized contracts in the construction industry, 2015.
  • Contributor: Conference presentation on a review of 2014 case law in education matters, presented in-house to managers in the education network, Québec City, April 2015.
  • Contributor: La communication de renseignements personnels à l’extérieur du Québec : pour un voyage sans turbulence [Avoiding pitfalls when communicating personal information to recipients outside Québec], as part of the Barreau du Québec : les 20 ans de la Loi sur la protection des renseignements personnels dans le secteur privé symposium, Montréal, December 2014.
  • Contributor: Protection des renseignements personnels, vie privée et l’assurance [Privacy issues and the protection of personal information in the insurance industry], Martel Assurance, September 2014.

Certified Mediator in Small Claims Court proceedings, Québec Bar, 2018

LL.B., Civil Law, Université Laval, 2014

International Profile – Session at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), France, 2013